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Geel’s ancient community cares for the mentally ill

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A boarder with his family in Geel

Mike Jay writes for Aeon magazine about a town in Belgium named Geel, where families take in people with mental illness who cannot live on their own. The tradition dates back to the 13th century when St. Dymphna, a patron saint of the mentally ill, was murdered in Geel. This medieval treatment of “family care” is often more effective than contemporary treatments. Read the story here: Geel’s ancient community cares for the mentally ill